The Seeing Place Theater revives Caryl Churchill's 1979 masterwork, a playful take on sexual politics and an audacious exploration of power and perception. More…
The searing comedy is a parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex. There is Clive, a British functionary; his wife Betty (played by a man); their daughter Victoria (a rag doll); Clive’s friend Harry, an explorer; Mrs. Saunders, who runs about dressed in a riding habit; Clive’s son Edward, who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman; and Joshua, a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on. What really is going on is a marvelous send-up and nonstop round-robin of sexual liaisons; all the while the natives are restless in the background. The second act shifts to London in 1980, except that for the surviving characters, it is only 25 years later, and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated, along with the Empire.
See it if Very good for a dificult show to stage. Erin C. is superb as usual. Small space works for this production. Chinatown is around the corner.
Don't see it if Find the elevator. Much too many stairs.. Atlantic Theater's recent production is too much to compete with.
See it if you like non-traditional theater that explores how people cope with power, sexuality, gender, patriarchy, class and parenting.
Don't see it if you dislike confusing non-traditional theater that deals very frankly with scandalous and shocking human behavior.
See it if Very interesting style. Great performances by some up and coming actors. Excellent, very natural dialogue. Fast pace. You need to stay alert
Don't see it if This is a long one. You could leave after Act I and still have seen an entire play, but stay for Act II. It's much shorter.
See it if You are a fan of farce and don't mind a great deal of suspension of disbelief.
Don't see it if You can't sit through 2.5+ hours of British accents and sparse sets.
See it if you want to see every production of Caryl Churchill's plays. You want to support off-off-off-Broadway attempts to stage ambitious works.
Don't see it if you need a polished/high production value show. You can't stand to watch old tropes of sexism/gender roles, even if they're ridiculed.
See it if You feel like you absolutely must watch a performance of Caryl Churchill's play not matter the quality.
Don't see it if The only positives in this production are due to the outstanding script; they are still discernible despite this company's best efforts.
See it if you like Caryl Churchill's plays, they are brilliant feminist statements, bold and clear, portraying the inequities within our society.
Don't see it if you cannot sit for 2.5 hours in rather uncomfortable chairs, or if you are tired from a long work day, you may need a coffee, for act two.
See it if You are human and have ever thought, even for a minute, about men and women, sex, love, or politics. Its farcical and profound!
Don't see it if You are not a human being who has ever had a semi serious thought about men, women, sex, love or politics.